With Lighting of Ledoux and the Yuletide Tree Lighting Ceremonies this week, and Bonfires on Bent Street next week, holiday-themed festivities are ramping up in Taos and Taos County. But, wait, there's more ...
With Lighting of Ledoux and the Yuletide Tree Lighting Ceremonies this week, and Bonfires on Bent Street next week, holiday-themed festivities are ramping up in Taos and Taos County. But, wait, there's more. Here's a brief rundown of some of the other activities going on in and around town. Of course, for more, check out this week's Tempo magazine in print and online.
Taos Inn hosts annual tree lighting ceremony
One of the don’t-miss seasonal celebrations is the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Historic Taos Inn. The event planned Saturday (Dec. 1), 6:30-9:30 p.m. will feature local rockabilly band Chicken Sedan rockin’ the house along with the suspenseful countdown until the ceiling-high tree is lit with thousands of tiny lights. It’s all happening, free of charge, in the Adobe Bar at the Taos Inn, 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Call (575) 758-2233.
Taos Feeds Taos benefit
Local jam band Last to Know will appear with special guest, Good Grief, for a benefit rock show Friday (Nov. 30), 8 p.m., for Taos Feeds Taos. The show is a kickoff for the annual Taos Feeds Taos Food Drive in which nonperishable foods are collected to be placed in food boxes to be distributed to the needy during the holiday season. It all takes place at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. Free admission with five cans of food or $7 at the door. Call (575) 779-7977.
Surrealist painter at MoMo
“The Necklace of Winter” is the exhibit of work by Lavanya Dawn that will open Friday, Dec. 7 at MoMo Taos, 133 Bent St., Taos with a reception from 4-7 p.m. Dawn’s fantastical contemporary paintings are the product of her lifetime evolution as an artist. As an imaginative and creative child, Dawn began illustrating her vivid dreams with watercolors at the early age of five. Dawn’s work has been evolving ever since, yet many of her earliest influences continue to shape her aesthetic. For more information, call (505) 690-7871 or email email@example.com.
Make a chanchito at Taos Clay
What’s a chanchito? In Pomarie, Chile, the locals keep good luck charms called chanchitos. These charms take the form of small three-legged pigs that are given to friends and loved ones as a token of good fortune. A three legged pig being able to stand is a sign that he/she is lucky. Saturday (Dec. 1) from 1-5 p.m. at Taos Clay you can make your own chanchito to keep or give away. Meet the resident artists and have some hot chocolate. Admission is free. No sign-up is necessary. Taos Clay, 1208 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, El Pardo. Call (575) 654-2919 or visit taosclay.com.
Caroline Douglas ceramics at Copper Moon
In conjunction with the Taos Gallery Association’s First Saturday Art Walk, Copper Moon Gallery will feature new works by ceramic artist Caroline Douglas on Saturday (Dec. 1) from 4-6 p.m.. The artist, who specializes in the salt-fired technique, lives in Boulder, Colorado. Copper Moon is located at 105 Kit Carson Road. Call (575) 758-8833 or visit coppermoongallerytaos.com
La Fonda features Bruce Gomez photographs
Bruce Gomez will host a two-day photography show Friday (Nov. 30) and Saturday (Dec. 1) from 4-8 p.m. each day at Hotel La Fonda, 108 South Plaza, on Taos Plaza. Gomez is a four-time winner in “Best of Photography” at the Santa Fe Indian Market. He will feature archival prints on watercolor paper and Christmas holiday cards. For more information, call (575) 770-0597 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calls for entry
• The Taos Community Centers Artist Co-op is taking applications for a new artist who can work in the shop two-and-a-half days a month, pay a small membership fee, and percentage of commission on sales. For an appointment call Effie (575) 751-1014 or (575) 741-6430.
Ongoing art exhibits
TAOSFOLK continues through the holiday shopping season. Buy affordable gifts by Taos hands. Taosfolk is celebrating its 10th year. Come celebrate with the artisans. Many items under $100. Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Dec. 24. at Stables Gallery, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. For more information call (773) 595-8065 or visit taosfolk.com.
‘Flowerscapes’ by Ron Furedi. The exhibit continues at The Farmhouse Café & Bakery, located at 1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in El Prado. The exhibit will hang through November. Admission is free. Call (914) 659-8572.
Sage Fine Art. Taos resident Carrie Schultz displays her plein air paintings at Sage Fine Art in McCarthy Plaza, 115 C, in the southeast corner of Taos Plaza until Nov. 30. Schultz’s work includes watercolor/ink illustrations and still-life oil paintings. For more info, call (575) 758-9396.
Katherine Morris Soskin’s work is on exhibit at both Hillcrest Bank locations in Taos: the northside Hillcrest Bank is exhibiting Soskin’s photographs, prints and giclees from Asia, Australia, Machu Picchu and Hawaii, plus points west, through Jan. 4; “Beauty and Spirit of the World” opened at the Hillcrest Bank south side location, 1356 Paseo del Pueblo Sur and includes paintings, giclee prints and greeting cards of New Mexico until Jan. 2. For more, see katherinesoskin.com.
Paintings by Vermont artist, Frank DeAngelis, grace the walls of Taos Studio Works, 110-A Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. In his artist’s statement, DeAngelis writes, “My mediums are acrylic, oil, spray paint, water, kombucha, hardware store items, and stuff from dumpsters. I rarely use a paintbrush and chopsticks are a favorite for paint application. It’s all a wild experiment and I call my studio a laboratory.” Call (802) 578-2641.
Fine Art Atelier & Gallery celebrates its first year in business in Taos with an exhibit by the Taos Plein Air Painters through the month of November, located at 108 Kit Carson Road, Taos. Call (719) 338-0081.
The Taos Center for the Arts exhibit of Gary David Suazo’s paintings that depict his home of Taos Pueblo will be displayed throughout the public spaces of The Historic Taos Inn through Jan. 28. The Historic Taos Inn, 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Free. Call (575) 758-2052.
J. Matthew Thomas’ exhibition “Muted” continues at the Encore Gallery at Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Thomas, a Taos-based artist and community organizer, converts discarded consumer waste into constructed landscapes. Read as maps, drawings, or blueprints for the contemporary landscape, this phenomenological approach exposes consumerism and our objectified perspective of land. For more information visit matthewthomas.com or call (575) 758-2052.
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